Meghalaya police detects 15 vehicles transporting ‘smuggled’ goods from Myanmar


KHLIEHRIAT | March 30, 2019:

Northeast India, being a gateway to South East Asia, has time and again been projected as an important region for India to strengthen its relationship with neighbouring countries like Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal, China, Bhutan and ASEAN countries.

However, besides the growth of multilateral relationships and people-to-people relation, the region is also seen as a gateway to illegally transport goods including drugs from the neighbouring countries to the rest of India through the Northeast.

Recently, the Meghalaya Police detected 15 vehicles loaded with dry areca nuts plying the National Highway-6 without proper documents.

A senior police official informed that they have received intelligence reports the NH-6, which runs in the East Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya from Malidor to Tuber Sohshrieh, is being used for illegal smuggling of various goods from Myanmar to different parts of the country.

In order to ascertain the veracity of these reports, regular naka checking is being conducted.

It was informed that during such checking from March 21-27, 15 vehicles loaded with dry areca nuts were detected without proper documents and the matter has been referred to the office of the Superintendent of Customs (Headquarters Preventive), Commissionerate of Customs (Preventive), N.E. Region, Shillong for further enquiry and appropriate legal action.

"The exercise is being carried out on a daily basis in the interest of general public and national security," said the police official.